Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The Loss of a Friend

Dave's friend and roommate from the Academy and flight school just passed away. He was one of a kind and loved his family more than anything else. I am saddened for their loss of a loving father and husband. You will be dearly missed my friend.

Logistics squadron CO dead after illness

By William H. McMichael - Staff writer
Posted : Tuesday Mar 1, 2011 9:25:40 EST
NORFOLK, Va. — The commanding officer of Fleet Logistics Squadron 56 died Sunday morning at a Virginia Beach hospital after a long illness, Naval Air Force Atlantic reported Tuesday.
Cmdr. Paul Ostrowski, 40, is survived by his wife, Bernadette, and seven children.
“Our deepest sympathies go out to Paul’s family, friends, and squadron during this trying time,” said Rear Adm. Chris Sadler, commander of Naval Air Forces Reserve. “Paul’s determination and dedication to service of this nation and his sailors are an inspiration to those that had the privilege of knowing him.”
Ostrowski was a 1993 Naval Academy graduate and was designated as a naval aviator in October 1995. After completing training in the SH-60B helicopter, he reported to and deployed three times with the “BattleCats” of the San Diego-based Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light 43.
In December 1999, he reported to Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Fla., to serve as a primary flight instructor in the T-34C. He next reported, in September 2002, to Fleet Logistics Support Squadron 52 to fly the C-9B Skytrain; while serving as the unit’s operations officer, the squadron was awarded the Congressman Bill Chappell Award for Operations Excellence.
In October 2005, Ostrowski became the C-9B program manager for Commander Fleet Logistics Support Wing at Naval Air Station-Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas. While here, Ostrowski screened for and was selected as an officer-in-charge.
Ostrowski reported in May 2007 as officer-in-charge of VR-56, screened for command and, in September 2008, became executive officer of the reserve C-9B squadron. He assumed command of the Naval Air Station Oceana-based unit in December 2009.
Ostrowski amassed more than 4,600 flight hours during his career.
Cmdr. Mike Gravitt, who was serving as the squadron’s executive officer and was scheduled to relieve Ostrowski on Saturday, has assumed command of VR-56, which is in the process of transitioning to the C-40A Clipper.

A viewing is scheduled for today from 5 to 8 p.m. at Altmeyer Funeral Home, according to Ostrowski’s obituary. Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Church of St. Gregory the Great.  A trust fund has been set up for Ostrowski’s children, Paul C. Ostrowski Childrens’ Trust, 1020 Little Lake Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23454.

Dave will be leaving a little later today to drive up to VA Beach for the services.  We are very saddened by the loss of this good friend who has left this life much too soon and for his wife, Bernadette, who has lost her husband, best friend and love of her life; and for his children who will greatly miss the guidance, love and laughter of their Father.  May you rest in peace Paul.

1 comment:

Mrs. S said...

I'm so sorry for your loss.

I'll be keeping you guys and his family in my thoughts.